Our planet has five interconnected oceans covering 70% of the Earth. But contrary to an unfortunately popular belief, their resources are not infinite, and it’s our duty to manage them sustainably, thinking of their future, which is our future too. And with regards to interconnections, the health of one sea also has an impact on all the others.
This connectivity requires a vision of the oceans as global commons. This vision, which looks to the future, belongs to lots of fishing and coastal communities around the world.
Some of the most compelling examples of fisheries managed as a commons demonstrate how the knowledge gathered by those intimately connected to these resources enables a mutually-beneficial and sustainable relationship between marine resources and humans.
These values are shared by fishing communities around the world, but they are not the language of those driving the dominant trends we are seeing in fisheries and ocean governance.
On the occasion of World Ocean Day, four members of the new Slow Fish Advisory Board will discuss these trends and the key issues in reversing them.
- Didier Ranc, retired fisherman and first “Prud’homme” of the fishing community of Seyne sur Mer and St Mandier. He is also president of the small-scale fisher organization called UNION INTERSYNDICALE des petits métiers de la Pêche.
- Antonio Garcia-Allut, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of La Coruña, Spain. He holds a UNESCO Professorship in Sustainable Coastal Development at the University of Vigo. In 2003 Dr. Garcia-Allut created Lonxanet Foundation for Sustainable Fishing, a nonprofit for the defense of artisanal fishers.
- Yassine Skandrine, teacher-researcher at the Higher Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Bizerte (Tunisia). He has coordinated several studies, projects and organized seminars and workshops at the national, Maghrebian, Mediterranean and African levels in the field of artisanal fishing.
- Marco Dadamohas has collaborated with numerous natural parks and research institutes to implement projects for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, both at sea and on land, and developing models of co-management of the coastal strip. Together with the fishermen of Ugento, in collaboration with local administrations has created the first Blue Oasis of the Puglia region in Italy.
Moderator: Paula Barbeito, coordinator of the Slow Fish campaign
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